twelve, 12, XII, dozen(adj)
the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
twelve, 12, xii, dozen(adj)
denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
A set of twelve.
A large, unspecified number of, comfortably estimated in small multiples of twelve, thus generally implied to be significantly more than ten or twelve, but less than perhaps one or two hundred; many.
An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
Origin: From douzaine, from duodecim, from duo + decem
a collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows
an indefinite small number
Origin: [OE. doseine, dosein, OF. doseine, F. douzaine, fr. douze twelve, fr. L. duodecim; duo two + decem ten. See Two, Ten, and cf. Duodecimal.]
A dozen is a grouping of twelve. The dozen may be one of the earliest primitive groupings, perhaps because there are approximately a dozen cycles of the moon or months in a cycle of the sun or year. Twelve is convenient because its multiples and divisors are convenient: 12 = 2 × 2 × 3, 3 × 4 = 12, 2 × 6 = 12, 60 = 12 × 5, 360 = 12 × 30. The use of twelve as a base number, known as the duodecimal system, probably originated in Mesopotamia. This could come from counting on one's fingers by counting each finger bone with one's thumb. Using this method, one hand can count to twelve, and two hands can count to 144. Twelve dozen are known as a gross; and twelve gross are called a great gross, a term most often used when shipping or buying items in bulk. A great hundred, also known as a small gross, is 120 or ten dozen. A baker's dozen, also known as a long dozen, is thirteen.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
duz′n, adj. two and ten, or twelve.—n. a collection of twelve articles.—adj. Doz′enth.—Baker's dozen, Devil's dozen, thirteen. [O. Fr. dozeine—L. duodecim—duo, two, and decem, ten.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3738
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2355
Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Nouns Frequency: #1222
The numerical value of dozen in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of dozen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
One boy is more trouble that a dozen girls.
I need to know the price of a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs. I need to know right now.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing.
There were about a dozen people in the camps when we went up there, I don't know if all of them have been arrested, it was a very fluid situation.
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- dosyne, dosynAfrikaans
- دزينة, دستةArabic
- дузина, десеткиBulgarian
- tusinoittain, kymmenisen, kymmenen, sata, tusinaFinnish
- dizaine, douzaineFrench
- dusanScottish Gaelic
- douzènHaitian Creole
- dozzina, migliaio, centinaioItalian
- dozijn, tientallenDutch
- dusinNorwegian Nynorsk
- десяток, дюжина, множество, уймаRussian
- туце, туцет, tuce, tucetSerbo-Croatian
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